Congratulations 2014-2015 McNair Graduates!

Eleven McNair Scholars have completed their coursework and graduated from Northern Michigan University this academic year.

December 2014 graduates include Keara Kangas, Chandler Countryman, Nick Bohn, Willow Grosz, Katie Biang, Kurt Kilpela, and Alicia DenHerder.

May 2015 graduates include Nathan Crane, Katelin Bingner, Gabby Hoffman and Alex Schlee.

Gabby Hoffman Graduation  Gabby Hoffman


Where will life take these graduates now that their NMU undergraduate years are behind them?  Some students are still uncertain, but here are a few whose plans have crystallized:


Katie Biang – has been accepted into the Behavioral Analysis program at NMU as a graduate student.  (Chandler Countryman and Katie Biang are pictured below.)




Nick Bohn – has been accepted with full funding into the M.S. of Biology program at California State University Northridge.  Nick will earn his Master’s at Northridge but will complete his thesis research in a stem cell lab at UCLA during his first year.  His second year will be spent taking classes at CSUN while continuing to work part-time in the UCLA lab.  (See Nick in the photo below.)



Alicia DenHerder – has been accepted into the NMU program in exercise science and will work toward a master’s degree.

Nathan Crane – will be working as a fisheries observer with his home port of call being Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  He will work 250 days on ships over a 13 month period, first reporting for duty in Seattle on May 30th.

Nathan Crane CapGown Liftbridge  Nathan Crane

Keara Kangas – has been accepted into the master’s program in Psychology at NMU, continuing to work in the Cabin Lab with her McNair mentor, Dr. Josh Carlson.

Katelin Bingner – will be pursuing a Master of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

Katelin Bingner Graduation Katelin Bingner

Chandler Countryman – has received full funding to work toward a M.S. in Marine Ecology at Georgia State University.  

Willow Grosz – has been accepted with funding into the MFA program in the English Department at NMU.


Congratulations and best wishes to all our McNair graduates!